Amina Zakari, the controversial National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, has finally reacted to the claim that she is the niece of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that she is neither his niece nor cousin.
In an interview with the BBC on Saturday, Zakari, a former acting Chairman of INEC, denied the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition political parties that she and the president are blood relations.
The opposition parties had called on INEC to reverse Zakari’s appointment as the chairperson of the Committee on National Collation Centre.
But Zakari said, “I’m not his niece, I am not his cousin; and, on this job, I was appointed since 2010 by President Jonathan and prior to that, I was appointed as SA to President Obasanjo and I have done my work conscientiously over the years as a patriotic citizen of Nigeria.
“I don’t think I should be distracted now that elections are coming. I will continue doing my work, I will continue to serve my country to the best of my ability, with the best of intentions.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is my president as everybody else’s president.
“He is not my cousin, he is not my uncle as is being claimed; but I know him as my leader and the leader of the nation.”